You also can't safely assume that a minor delay on one
part of your project means that all of your subcontractors
can easily reschedule to accommodate you. That's
because to stay profitable, they need to work with several
clients at the same time. So it's simple business—your
job will not be their priority if a bigger one comes along.
Conversely, a general contractor can make things happen
for you when and where you need. They have existing
relationships with reliable, qualified subcontractors
that depend on them for regular employment.
- Would I be able to spot a construction flaw or error and make sure it's corrected before it's too late?
Nothing is more costly than tearing something apart in
order to re-do it. If the cement hardens and the local
inspector says it doesn't meet code, you've got a serious
problem on your hands. Who's responsible for what? By
when? There goes your schedule along with your budget.
- Can I afford to have work redone? A general contractor will provide warranties on products and work his team completes. By yourself, you are not covered by the same warranties and may end up paying for a replacement product or service twice. You will also be responsible for resolving conflicts between multiple subcontractors and manufacturers when they disagree on an issue.
- How much will I really save? Remember, much like a big box retail store, a general contractor can get you the best deals because he buys materials regularly in large volumes. You are a one-time buyer paying full retail price for everything. Any savings you think you're realizing are probably lost because you're paying more for the exact same items.
- Do I know what to do to keep my project from lasting forever? All good things must come to an end especially when you're on a schedule and a budget. Unexpected challenges and changes can drag out a job if not resolved quickly. You'll need to make timely decisions that won't negatively impact, scheduling, quality and of course, cost. You'll need to manage permits, inspections, contracts, schedules, changes, conflicts, and more on a daily basis.